Skip to comments.Study: Wind farms killed 67 eagles in 5 years
Posted on 09/12/2013 9:28:59 AM PDT by FatherofFive
WASHINGTON (AP) Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists.
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Is that a record?
They were shiped to DC, fried, roasted or braised and eaten by Michelle Obama.
And the media gives them a free pass because windfarms are part of the religion of liberalism.
but but.. wind power is so cheap.. just flowing thru the atmosphere.. for the taking..
makes ya wonder about some folks.. they’d probably rather have a solar panel stapled to their forehead to run their pacemaker.. wouldn’t want to create any excessive waste yaknow.. batteries and all.
Follies are a dime a dozen these days, and seemingly, mostly funded by econuts and big gubamint subsidies.. all risky schemes, ask the birds, especially the eagles.
My wife and I drove through Kansas on our way to Denver and saw the fields filled with Wind Turbines. We stopped at the Colorado Welcome Center and asked about them. They HATE the Wind Turbines! They said that they cost 1 million each to build. It will take 5 years until they start turning a profit on them, but they are now finding that most of them are breaking after 5 years so the supposed income from them is a farce. Not to mentioned a sizable portion have already broken.
If the deaths had been caused by anything else except the politically correct windmills, they would been shut down long ago.
Ok, then. When can we see endangered bird and eagle burgers. Let’s not waste that meat.
so over 10 dead bald eagles a year just so we can act all smart and cool, and pay huge premiums to boot...
No one cares about the actual killing of EAGLES, no one at all.
What is of concern is the CAUSE OF DEATH. If the deceased Eagle was chopped by a spinning windmill, then there is nothing to see, folks, walk along now.
However, if the cause of an Eagle’s demise was at the hands of an evil, gun clinging, perverted (pardon the word) HUNTER, then the scoundrel must be jailed, at the very least.
The threat to an inch and a half lizard will cause the cancellation of a billion dollar dam, under the Endangered Specie Act.
The final extinction of our national bird, though, is an “unintended consequence.” But the power doesn’t pollute.
I wonder what the numbers are relative to other winged creatures: ducks, geese, blue jays, robins...etc...etc...?
The eagles killed by those huge, slow moving blades needed culling so they won’t pass along their defective DNA.
The blade tips rotate at over 150 mph.
Built by those who worship dirt.
In fact maybe Americans like you and me can also have some....Naw...we just support the government.
As my kids would say, “Don’t be hatin’ on those eagles!”
Stop drinking the eagle hat-or-ade!
Gosh, lib wind farmers, don’t you know hate isn’t a family value!
Wonder how may eagles were run over by libs driving their Suburu Outbacks?
A subsidiary of the Warren Buffett-owned MidAmerican Energy Holdings is looking to capitalize on federal tax subsidies by installing 448 wind turbines across five Iowa counties in order to generate up to 1,050 megawatts of power by 2015.
WB- eagle killer.
Really? Every time I've ever seen one, in person, in videos or on TV they've appeared to be moving very slowly.
That's what I love about FR, you learn something new every day!
Exactly. Such clear double standards, like a few hundred children killed in Syria - and the Libs beat the drums of war. Millions of children killed by abortion, and silence.
Teddy Roosevelt called bald eagles “dandified vultures.” I understand that they taste like chicken - just like spotted owls.
As long as they aren’t killed as the result of fossil fuel extraction - you know, evil oil and coal companies - its just the price we must pay for “clean” energy.
I wonder if it would be different if they were Whooping Cranes that got wacked by big blades?
It will happen.
I hope one was Michael Vick.
Wind turbines in the U.S. kill over HALF A MILLION birds a year, mostly raptors.
This has been going on for years. Still waiting for the outcry from libs. /s/
The health hazards posed to people by these windmills have also never been given any serious consideration. I can't wait for the TV ads by those ambulance chasing lawyers to be soliciting people who lived near these wind farms for class action law suits.
In one of the last graphs, the 170 mph figure is mentioned.
And just wait until they mandate wind powered cars.
Typical liberal idiocy-if it feels good do it- it must be good cause it makes me feel so green. Barf. They are expensive to build and maintain, they cause not well understood disorders in people, they chop and kill eagles and other raptors plus 1000s of smaller birds, and they ruin the natural beauty of a landscape. Their energy is not free and without effect; they suck energy from the atmosphere which has unknown short and long term effects on climate. Heaven forbid they may contribute to climate change!
If you think about it terms of odds, a bird has a very good chance of flying through one turning windmill without getting struck. However, the chances of flying all the way through one of the large farms without getting struck would get precariously close to zero.
I hate the things. I think of them as monuments to liberal stupidity.
My brother calls them “eagle blenders”.
Just go through west texas august through october.
The wind is usually slow to zero. Those hundreds of huge wind non-generation devices just sitting there collecting heat.
Just think if all the cash put into those tributes to idiocy had been spent on natural gas powered generation plants how cheap our electricity might be.
Just watched a movie last night on netflix called “Cat City”, ok, but the stupid windmills dominated all the landscaping. Even had the sound of the windmills in scenes where there were none. UGH, libtards love windmills.
Well it’s OK because they were killed by “green” energy producers. It’s only evil/bad if they are killed by oil/gas/coal energy producers. So just to be clear wildlife killed or injured by “green” energy producers good, wildlife killed by any other energy producer evil.
They should have to, via federal regulation, make the windmill blades out of recycled and biodegradable styrofoam. It would save the eagles AND provide a new green-energy jobs program.
There are so many monuments to liberal stupidity - Social Security; Obamacare; Dodd-Frank; Sarbanes-Oxley; EPA; Department of Education; 0bama; OSHA; and on and on
The standard GE 1.6MW SLE costs about $2.3M installed depending on the size of the entire farm. The erection cranes are about $50K per day so there are economies of scale.
The 5 year pay back depends on location. In high wind areas like West Texas the pay back is much quicker.
The two problems I have with wind turbines are the PTC and the Stimulus spending. 80% of the Stimulus money went to foreign companies (Spain, Germany and China)and distorted the market for 3 years. The PTC should be reduced 10% per years until gone. Enough prime pumping.
Put giant Cuisinarts in the sky, and birds get chopped up?
Knock me over with a feather. There should be plenty on the ground.